Logistics park will reap automation benefits

The MLP project aims to achieve a considerable ecological impact in the community through using electrical container handling The MLP project aims to achieve a considerable ecological impact in the community through using electrical container handling
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Kalmar and Navis will a deliver world-first state-of-the-art intermodal automation solution to a Sydney logistics park which will help it lower its carbon emissions.

The €80 million order for Qube's Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP) in Sydney includes the supply of the OneTerminal solution comprising Kalmar's automated train handling, automated yard crane and automated horizontal transportation equipment and the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS).

"As the first fully automated intermodal terminal in the world, this project represents a significant milestone for Kalmar and Navis,” said Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar.

“This project also exemplifies our commitment to reduce emissions in cargo and material handling operations by fostering eco-efficient technologies, as all the delivered equipment can be operated electrically on locally produced solar power.”

Ecological impact

Qube is one of Australia's largest providers of integrated import and export logistics services, targeting freight moving to and from ports.

At 243-hectares and with a dedicated rail link to Port Botany and the national rail network., the MLP development will be the largest intermodal freight precinct in the country when completed.

The MLP project aims to achieve a considerable ecological impact in the community by reducing carbon dioxide emissions at the terminal through using electrical container handling, but also by reducing diesel truck traffic significantly around Sydney, aided by the OneTerminal solution.

The OneTerminal solution will comprise both yard crane and horizontal transportation equipment, including four Kalmar Automated Stacking Cranes, eight automated Kalmar Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes, as well as eight hybrid Kalmar FastCharge AutoShuttles and their charging stations.

Kalmar deliveries will start during the second half of 2019, with the complete setup estimated to be operational in 2022.

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